Walk Down Memory Lane: From History to Technology and Everything in Between

I had the pleasure of organizing and curating an exhibit at the American Association of Clinical Anatomist Annual Conference (AACA). Stanford University the Division of Clinical Anatomy hosted the event this year and I had the opportunity to highlight the beauty of anatomy with the exhibit A Walk Down Memory Lane: From History to Technology and Everything in Between. The works on view included high resolution photographs of 18th century wax anatomical models, contemporary works from my anatomy art students, my art, and  also fusion.tech participated.

Science and art naturally overlap (without question it overlaps in my life)! Both are a means of investigation, involving ideas, theories, and hypotheses that are tested in places where mind and hand come together—the laboratory and studio.

Katie Adams, Skull and hand study,graphite on paper, 18 x 24 in (student in my course course: Anatomy for Artists/Art&Anatomy-spring 2016)
Katie Adams, Skull and hand study,graphite on paper, 18 x 24 in (student in my course course: Anatomy for Artists/Art&Anatomy-spring 2016)
Kathryn Jagger, Heart, graphite on paper, 18 x 24 in (student in my course course: Anatomy for Artists/Art&Anatomy-spring 2016)
Kathryn Jagger, Heart, graphite on paper, 18 x 24 in (student in my course course: Anatomy for Artists/Art&Anatomy-spring 2016)
Conference visitors viewing slide show, created by Lauren A. Toomer
Historical trajectory of Art & Anatomy slide show, created by Lauren A. Toomer
!8th Century wax Anatomical models, Florence, La Specola, Photographs
18th Century Wax Anatomical Models, Florence, La Specola, Photographs
Lauren A. Toomer, Torso, oil on canvas, 2016
Lauren A. Toomer, Torso, 2016,  oil on canvass, 36 x 28 inches

The event was dedicated to the remarkable life of Dr. Robert Acland who sadly passed in January 2016 . I had the honor of painting a portrait of Dr. Acland and presenting it to his lovely wife Bette.

I had the pleasure of organizing and curating an exhibit at the American Association of Clinical Anatomist Annual Conference (AACA). Stanford University the Division of Clinical Anatomy hosted this years conference and I had the privilege of highlighting the beauty of anatomy with the exhibit A Walk Down Memory Lane: From History to Technology and Everything in Between. The works on view included high resolution photographs of 18th century wax anatomical models, contemporary works from my anatomy art students, my art, and  also fusion.tech participated. Science and art naturally overlap (without question it overlaps in my life)! Both are a means of investigation. Both involve ideas, theories, and hypotheses that are tested in places where mind and hand come together—the laboratory and studio.
Bette Acland and Lauren Toomer posing with portrait of Dr. Robert D. Acland

Art and anatomy requires one to look inward and outward, literally and figuratively. It can also put life into perspective of what is important for those with open hearts and eyes to truly see.

 

Hugs,

Toomer